The sixth edition of the Fashion Design Competition ModaPortugal held in Alfândega do Porto was an international meeting bringing together the Portuguese industry and 30 students from 13 of the most renowned fashion and footwear schools and colleges from eight European countries: Spain (IED Madrid), Finland (Aalto University), France (Institut Français de la Mode), Italy (Polimoda, Arsutoria School), United Kingdom (London College of Fashion), Romania (Gheorghe Asachi TUIASI), Switzerland (HEAD Genève) and Portugal (ESAD, MODATEX, FAUL, Escola Profissional de Felgueiras, Lisbon School of Design).
“The Fashion Design Competition ModaPortugal is an incredible event, composed of several initiatives,” explains Eduarda Abbondanza, the creative director of ModaLisboa and president of the international jury. “If I were a young designer, I would love to have this immersive experience and I certainly would remember it forever. To come to a new country, to get inside the heart of the industries and also the opportunity to receive a generous monetary prize, it's a fantastic opportunity for all of them,” she continues.
The prestigious international jury was chaired by Eduarda Abbondanza and composed of Adriana Rodriguez (Camper Head Hunter), Lauri Kopio (CamperLab Head of Sales), Lily Templeton (Fashion Journalist at WWD and SCMP News), Miguel Flor (Creative Director of Prinçipal magazine), Emanuela Amato (Dust Magazine Art Director), Alban Adam (Marketing Manager and Creative Consultant), Philippe Jarrigeon (Fashion Photographer at Total World).
Fashion Design Competition ModaPortugal 2019 collections.
“The idea is to bring together several countries, identities, students and schools in a single event,” says Miguel Flor, creative director of Prinçipal magazine and member of the jury. “Each young designer has been given the opportunity to come to Portugal, to get to know the companies and the Portuguese industrial culture,” he adds. Adriana Rodriguez, head hunter and judge of the design competition explains, “There are many differences between the submissions of the young designers from different countries and, above all, between each school. Being able to exchange ideas and absorb knowledge from each other is what makes the competition so enriching for all participants.”
Fashion Design Competition ModaPortugal 2019 winners by country looks.
Fashion Design Competition ModaPortugal 2019 best overall collection winners.
Idaliina Friman, a fashion design student at Aalto University, was the big winner of the night, taking home two prizes: Best Global Designer and Best Young Designer from Finland. “I’m actually surprised, I didn’t expect this award, but I’m so happy!” she says, “My collection tells my family story. The idea is a 19th century noblewoman who escaped Lapland, and her Victorian clothes slowly transformed into functional, sporty clothing. And as I’m originally from Lapland, it is also a reflection on what I would like to wear when I go home, when it gets down to minus 40 degrees.”
Fashion Design Competition ModaPortugal 2019 apparel winners by country.
Marcelo Almiscarado, a student at ESAD, was awarded Best Young Designer from Portugal. “I selected the three looks that I thought had the most impact and that best represent the concept from the collection I presented at Bloom — Portugal Fashion, and I adapted them to this competition,” he shares, “the collection is called ‘Torto’, it is inspired by a motor disability that I have and it intends to express the imperfect in the silhouettes and materials.” The Portuguese winner also highlighted the importance of contact with the more technical side of the fashion scene.
Fashion Design Competition ModaPortugal 2019 Shoe design winners by country.
At the end of the evening, twelve designers became winners. Paula-Elena Pruteanu of TUIASI University received the grand prize in the footwear design category. Along side Idaliina Friman and Marcelo Almiscarado, the other young talents were awarded by country: Andres Zurru from IED Madrid (Spain), Rémi Si Larbi from Institut Français de La Mode (France), Le Manuel from Polimoda (Italy), Aurore Marquis from HEAD Genéve (Switzerland) and Dan Ren from London College of Fashion (United Kingdom). The prototypes by Liquito Mesquita from Lisbon School of Design (Portugal) and Lorenza Cicolini from Arsutoria School (Italy) stood out in footwear design.
Fashion Design Competition ModaPortugal 2019 awards video.
In addition to the design competition, MODAPORTUGAL organised a two-day industry tour to some of the most innovative Portuguese textile and manufacturing companies, including Citeve, Tintex, Pedrosa&Rodrigues and Scoop. The ModaPortugal event aimed to bring together two essential areas of the fashion industry: design and production. It is an initiative of CENIT (Portuguese Centre of Intelligence for the Textile Industry) and ANIVEC (Portuguese Association for Clothing and Apparel Industries), in association with APICCAPS (Portuguese Footwear, Components and Leather Goods Manufacturers’ Association), and ModaLisboa. ♥
MODAPORTUGAL 2019 Industry Tour video I.
MODAPORTUGAL 2019 Industry Tour video II.
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